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How ISIS Uses Rape and Sexual Slavery as a Recruiting Tool and a Business

Horrifying reports continue to pile up about the ways in which the Islamic State is using the rape and sexual slavery of Yazidi women as a tool of war. A new report in the New York Times makes it clear that it’s also become an attractive recruiting tool, a draw for men from conservative Muslim societies where casual… » 8/13/15 9:55am 8/13/15 9:55am

U.N. Official: ISIS is 'Institutionalizing Sexual Violence'

Zainab Bangura, a U.N. special representative, recently concluded a tour of refugee camps that house refugees largely from Syria and Iraq - countries where the Islamic State hold a large amount of territory. The Washington Post reports that she recounted the stories of sexual violence, rape and abuse to Middle East… » 5/24/15 12:15pm 5/24/15 12:15pm

Syrian Mourners Carry Coffin of Female Kurdish Fighter Killed at 20

More than 10,000 women have fought in the Kurdish-Islamic State conflict in Syria. These mourners carry the body of 20-year-old Hanim Dabaan, killed in combat with Islamic State militants in the Turkey-Syria border town of Kobani, which has been under attack by ISIS for the last two months. » 11/11/14 8:05pm 11/11/14 8:05pm

Tunisian Minister Warns of Women Going to Syria on a ‘Sex Jihad’

The ongoing civil war in Syria is being felt beyond the Syrian borders. In neighboring countries like Iraq, Syrian fighting can be felt most acutely in the strain of hosting thousands of refugees. In Israel, the threat of a broader conflict transcending Syria’s borders looms large. Syrian conflict, however, isn’t… » 9/22/13 1:30pm 9/22/13 1:30pm

Women Are Reporting on Syria. They're Just Not Bragging About It.

Feminist commentator Jill Filipovic was criticized last week for lamenting the lack of female voices in the conversation about Syria. Many women are speaking and writing about Syria, she pointed out in a Guardian article, "yet the media narrative centers the opinions and voices of male commentators. And actual Syrian… » 9/17/13 11:00am 9/17/13 11:00am

So You Married an Evil Despot: An Etiquette Guide for Asma al-Assad

These days, Asma al-Assad — wife of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad — has a lot on her plate. She's got 3 kids to Mom, a whole country to First Lady, an unstable, despotic, maybe-evil chemical weapons-wielding husband to Wife, and, most importantly, luxury goods to consume. Juggling the multiple responsibilities of… » 9/06/13 12:40pm 9/06/13 12:40pm

The Daily Show's Guide to Diplomacy With Russia Might Heal the World

As tension continues to mount between the U.S. and Russia over the issues of Syria, gay rights and Edward Snowden, you have to ask yourself what would happen if an American and a Russian sat down together and talked these issues out with civility and respect. I mean, WHY HASN'T THE GOVERNMENT THOUGHT OF THIS? Oh,… » 9/05/13 1:10pm 9/05/13 1:10pm

Watch Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff Interview President Obama

New and historic tag team Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff interviewed President Barack Obama Wednesday night for Newshour and PBS has very kindly put the whole thing online. It was a big week to get a one-on-one with the President: Obama talked about the situation in Syria (he hasn't made a decision yet) and reflected… » 8/29/13 10:00am 8/29/13 10:00am